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Cosmic Xplorers

Cosmic Xplorers

Meet Ashley and Jack, the latest in the long convoy of Kickstarter hopefuls who believe that if you throw enough quasi-academic and pseudo-spiritual jargon into your campaign description you can convince complete strangers to foot the bill for your totally kick-ass road trip to Burning Man. If these cute young people were pulled over in their camper van asking for a few bucks for gas to get to the next town on their summer road trip, I’d probably kick them $20 and wish them well. Road trips are fun. But if they told me they needed a few bucks to…

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Home-Ec 101

Home-Ec 101

Consumely is an app that will let you track your food purchases to avoid wasting food. That sounds like a good idea. As the developer Zeeshan Sheikh points out, there are all kinds of reasons not to waste food. Food isn’t free, of course, so if you’re buying it and not eating it, you’re wasting money, right? But that’s only the personal impact. As Sheikh reminds us, there are less fortunate people out there: It was not until we ran into a homeless and hungry family on the street asking for some food for their children that we started feeling…

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